Who WON?!

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Hello, everybody! Since I already made a post earlier today, I’ll be brief with this Mickey Mouse Monday. Last week I asked you beautiful readers for which Mickey Mouse Ears I should make…yet these Ears have a little twist. Today I’m happy to reveal the winner:


EEYORE! LOOK HOW CUTE!
And here’s the twist: the ears and the bow are completely removable! No more buying incessant headbands, no more worrying about getting the right headbands in the right colors. All you need is a few crafting supplies and some major patience with your sewing skills (at least, that’s how it was for me!).
I’ll be posting the tutorial on Wednesday for the Crafty Wednesday post. Until then, what are some of your favorite Mouse Ears?

7 Costumes Costuming! Or I did a VLOG?!

Welcome to the quillegible blog of happiness, and holy crap, there are 7 days left until the craziness that is Disney World!


But that’s okay, cause I’ve been able to spend time with my beautiful family before I head down to Orlando, and as if the timing couldn’t have been better, the museum in our Capitol is hosting an exhibit entirely dedicated to Star Wars costumes! It was fascinating, entertaining, and a lot of fun to walk through. 

Since Star Wars is a part of Disney, and has been for some time, I figured it would be a good opportunity to list my Top 7 Star Wars costumes that I particularly liked. Now I picked these specific ones for a reason, so if you don’t see your favorite costume, I apologize, I just thought these were the most interesting. Also, say hi to my brother! Ladies, he’s single 😉

Please note this is the first “vlog” I’ve ever done, so sorry that it’s not very long, nor is it the best vlog ever made. With that said, I hope you guys still enjoy!
What are your favorite costumes from our beloved Star Wars series? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page!

8 Best Disney Characters to Meet

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Hey everybody and welcome to the quillegible blog of happiness! The DCP countdown continues from 10 to 9 10 8 days remaining and I keep getting more and more excited! To celebrate, I’ve talked about the top 10 restaurants I would love to work in, and I’ve showed 9 different pictures that prove the existence of Hidden Mickeys outside of Disney World. How Disney gets those little buggers into the parks is up to anyone’s imagination, but now that there are 8 days left, I figured I’d count down the top 8 characters I want to meet at Disney World while I’m working there. Because, let’s face it, these guys are what makes Disney great. 

Besides, I did say in a previous post that I wanted to meet more characters, right?

8. Mary Poppins


Mary Poppins is one of the most patient nannies in Disney history. She also is a nanny during the time when women were fighting to get the vote, which feels like that fight hasn’t changed since the early 1900’s. Regardless, Mary Poppins is one of those characters that appears once in a blue moon, so to find her and take a picture with her would be a jolly holiday!

7. Pinocchio

No, I don’t mean during a parade. I mean an actual meet and greet with Pinocchio, which is actually harder than you might think. I’ve heard things about Pinocchio showing up in Epcot so I’ll definitely be looking there, but if anyone has any tips, let me know!

6. Cogsworth and 5. Lumiere

I put 5 and 6 together because you can’t have a Cogsworth without a Lumiere. Since Beauty and the Beast is coming out in March, how can you not want to visit with them?! Of course I wouldn’t want to forget Belle, but you can’t have an enchanted castle without Cogsworth and Lumiere!

4. Moana


Some people found Moana to be a decent movie or found themselves indifferent. I ended up loving it, especially with the lack of a romantic plot (cause let’s face it, we girls don’t need a man to save the day!) and with the concept of the supposed villain of the movie. I made two previous posts about it, but long story short, a picture with Moana would be fantastic.

3. Chewbacca

Sue me, I haven’t seen Rogue One yet. Doesn’t mean I’m not a Star Wars fan, in fact I love Star Wars, and that’s why Chewbacca is a part of my list. Especially after seeing The Force Awakens, I feel like it’s only right, you know?

2. Rafiki

No, I’m not a big fan of getting bopped on the head, thank you very much. But when you play Rafiki in a school play when you were around 14 years old, you tend to get attached to the lovable baffoon. So who wouldn’t want to see him?

And my Number 1 Disney Character to greet is…

1. Genie


The Genie. Enough said.

Who are your top Disney meet and greets? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contacts page!

9 More Days = 9 Real Mickeys

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It’s time for the DCP Countdown again! Only 9 more glorious days until check-in at the Disney College Program and what better way to celebrate than to share with you a Disney World secret? We all know the Hidden Mickeys throughout the resort: from the bedrooms to the rides. So seeing them only at the parks might make you think that they’re a rare species, right? 

Actually, you couldn’t be more wrong. Now this might sound as crazy as the conspiracy that the JFK assassination was staged, but unlike that conspiracy, I have physical proof in photos from throughout the years that prove that Hidden Mickeys are not as rare as you might think.
Exhibit A:

This is a picture taken in Colorado. Given the year of that dumpster, I’d say that this photo is only a few years old. But you see the top of the dumpster? Turns out Hidden Mickeys aren’t very fearful if they’re hungry.

Exhibit B:


It isn’t known whether the photographer is aware of the supposedly “rare” creature on his head, but one thing’s for sure, the Hidden Mickey has the vanity of a peacock: why take a picture of a pianist when the real star of the show is right on top of him? Perhaps the Hidden Mickey is a sociable creature as well?

Exhibit C:


The most convincing evidence of all: a mother Hidden Mickey tending to her babies in her nest. This not only tells us that Hidden Mickeys are out there, but they breed and they are thriving. How could this be a rare species with a photo like this?
The fun doesn’t just stop there, though. Enjoy these pictures that further prove the existence of Hidden Mickeys outside of the Disney World Resort.

This Hidden Mickey is braver than I…this photo,  I’ve been told, was taken beside a haunted building right outside of Chicago. No grim grinning ghosts are going to scare this Mickey away!

This Mickey looks like it’ll go to great lengths to get its next meal…either that or it’s planning to make this unsuspecting kitty its next meal. Either way, this picture is nail-biting!

 Looks like Hidden Mickeys also enjoy a good visit to the local café as well. Do you think they’d prefer lattes or americanos?

Personally, I prefer an Apple…but iMouse sounds like a promising brand.

It’s unknown whether Hidden Mickeys can fly, or whether they’re like flying squirrels in that they use their ears as little parachutes. One thing’s for sure, though:

The Hidden Mickey for sure isn’t a rare species. If you see one, take a picture. It could be worth quite a few bucks.

What are some of your favorite Hidden Mickeys outside of Disney World? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the Contact page! 

The DCP Countdown Begins…

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Hello and welcome to the Quillegible blog of happiness! If you don’t know what quillegible means, it basically means that it’s a tremendous compliment to a writer by calling their writing a gift from the Gods. (Look at the website title if you don’t believe me!)

Oh. My. Good. Lord. My Disney College Program experience officially begins 10 days from now, and guess how excited I am? (Hint: a little more than the Linda Belcher up there)

This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am not only honored at this chance but also extremely nervous and anxious because my itinerary has yet to show up (#latearrivalprobs). 

So, to pass the time, I will be doing an additional daily DCP blog that’ll sort of tie in to my other Disney blog posts but will also be separate because it’s a countdown series. Today, since there are only 10 days left before my check-in, I decided it would be appropriate to list my Top 10 places that I would love to work at. Since I’m a Seater, I’m particularly excited about the restaurants at Walt Disney World since there are so many of them. Now I don’t know of any horror stories about any of the restaurants, and this list is strictly built by my opinion, so if you find yourself disagreeing with me, I apologize in advance.

10. 50’s Prime Time Café

The thing about all these restaurants at Walt Disney World is that it’s not just the food but the overall experience and the story they tell. After the World War II era of the 1940’s, the 1950’s has always been known as a decade of prosperity because Wall Street was finally able to crawl out of the Depression of the 1930’s and become an economic pillar in the United States again. 50’s Prime Time Café tells the story and gives us the experience of that prosperous decade that is otherwise known as the inspiration behind every primary school sock hop. To be a Seater here would be a fun bash in Fat City!

9. Olivia’s Café


I’ll admit…I had no idea there was a place called Olivia’s Café until I looked it up! Now I can only hope that I work there just so I could say I did! Now I don’t know if they have Seaters at this particular restaurant, but I really hope they do! 

8. Rainforest Café


Rainforest Café is a national chain of restaurants, so it’s certainly not unfamiliar to me. However, the experience of the restaurant where there’s a rainstorm every 30 minutes is nothing short of enchanting to all the kids who come to eat, and it’d be great to experience that as a Seater.

7. Victoria and Albert’s


I’ve heard so many good things about Victoria and Albert’s that the only bad thing is its price. Being a Seater in this restaurant would call for grace, a pleasant smile, and elegance. Working here would feel like working at Buckingham Palace!

6. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Resaturant


I dined here once with my family and we had a great time. The food was decent, but everyone was so nice and it was a lot of fun feeling like we were actually in a drive-in theater! To be a Seater here would be a fun experience when I guide people into the restaurant and I see their faces.

5. Club Villain at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Because it’s a Club, I don’t know if they need a Seater, but if they do, sign me up! Club Villain is deliciously evil from the drinks to the villains themselves, so being a Seater and having the chance to interact with this kind of place would be a barrel of laughs! Evil laughs, that is!

4. Ohana


Ohana means family, so if I work at Ohana, I’d get the real feel for family, which isn’t that what Disney is all about? Plus, someone probably has to clean up after Stitch’s messes, and I’d volunteer for that!

3. 1900 Park Fare


1900 Park Fare is a classic luncheon place that would be a dream to work at, because I would be the first face the guests see when they walk through the door. Plus, I love that classic 1900’s experience, much like I love the vibe of the 50’s!

2. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall


Who doesn’t want to be treated like royalty? Akershus is crazy full of people who just want to have a good experience at the end of the day, and I’d love to help however I can.

And Number 1 place for me to work is…

1. Crystal Palace


This is the place where I first met Pooh Bear and fell in love with Disney. This is a very personal reason for me to work there, but honestly, that’s the love that’s gotten me into the College Program, and it’d be fitting for me to work at the place that started it all for me.
Now I may get into one of these places, or I may get into none of them. These are only my top restaurants I’d love to work at, but at the end of the day, I get to work at one of the most magical places on Earth, and that’s more than enough for me.

Where are the places you’d love to work at Disney?

Mickey Mouse Mondays! – DCP Prep Part II

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Happy Monday everybody! Before I get started, I just want to give a huge shoutout to the month of January which is officially known as National Mentors’ Month! This is the month for not only thanking your parents for guiding you, but also your teachers, your tutors, your professors, your therapists, or anyone else who you consider a mentor. And now, it’s time for the best part of the week…MICKEY MOUSE MONDAY!


Now the Disney College Program starts in only a few short weeks for me, and to celebrate, I started a series last week called DCP Prep. I made two different long sleeved shirts that cost me only $5 to make instead of ordering them for $45 apiece. Click here if you missed it!

But now for Part II, in which I discuss some of the biggest Disney Do’s and Don’ts of the College Program. Mainly the Do’s…cause what part of Disney would you NOT want to do? Let’s consider it the Disney College Program New Year’s Resolution List of Quillegible Awesomeness! (Or DCPNYRLQA for short ;))

 I always thought Disney Meet and Greets were awkward, but after hearing so many wonderful stories of meeting Disney characters, I figured what better resolution to start off my list than to start meeting more characters more often? True, I’ll technically be working with the friends of these characters, and I may even know them personally when I see them, but greeting them could be magical in its own way. 

 I officially turned 21 last summer (and that was definitely a magical celebration!), and drinking around the world at Epcot is a famous pastime for adults who love Disney (or for adults who have been watching the kids all day). Plus, with other DCPs who are 21 or over, drinking around the world can be a celebration worth remembering!

 I’ll admit…I’ve always been camera shy. I never considered myself very pretty and therefore whenever my mom whipped the camera out for some reason, I never really enjoyed being the center of attention that way. However, since I’ve started working out, I’ve started feeling more comfortable with myself and I would love to have a photo session at Disney World for potential job interviews, college graduation, and/or just for fun, just to say I did it. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine a better background!

 Speaking of working out, RunDisney has 5ks which are perfect for noobs like me! If there ever was a time to do it, it would be this year. Dark Side 2017, here I come! (Side note: who should I dress up as? Hit me up and let me know! I’d leave to hear from you!)

 

Bet you didn’t know you could parasail on Bay Lake! You did? Oh…well…I didn’t. I’ve never been parasailing before (and I will admit after seeing the third Jurassic Park movie as a kid, can you blame me?), but being able to see Cinderella Castle and the rest of Disney World from a bird’s eye view? How can you say no? It’s a once in a lifetime experience that lets you see a whole new world (sorry not sorry).
This is only a small portion of my DCP bucket list that I really want to do while I’m in Florida. If you are going to be in the DCP or you were in the DCP, what is something you would recommend doing? Hit me up and let me know in the Contacts page, on Facebook, or on LinkedIn! Meanwhile, I’ll be waiting impatiently for January 30th…it can’t get here fast enough.


Mickey Mouse Mondays- Was I WRONG?!

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Hello, everybody, and welcome to yet another Mickey Mouse Monday!


So, Moana came out for Thanksgiving. And after seeing it, not only was I completely in love with the movie as a whole, but I couldn’t help but think back to one of my first posts on this blog – a prediction about Moana as a movie (click her name if you want to read the article).

Now it’s time to regroup and reconsider…what did I get wrong, and what did I get right? Let’s take all the exhibits one at a time:

BEWARE! SPOILERS AHEAD!


EXHIBIT A:

The art of dance in Polynesian culture.

As far as I can recall, the culture of Moana’s tribe and fire dancing don’t really have a huge influence on the movie except as an opening song. That being said, though, that culture carried through all of the songs in the movie, thanks to the fabulous Lin-Manuel Miranda. So, this one I was wrong on, to an extent. That doesn’t mean there was not dancing in the movie, but like I said, it was rather condensed into the one song.

EXHIBIT B:

Polynesian mythology.

For most of this section, I focused on Maui who is the demigod shapeshifter and hero of man (I’m missing some titles there).  I predicted that, since Maui was the trickster God, he would trick Moana, even go so far as to trick her and become the villain. The thing is…I was right! Maui used his song You’re Welcome to trick Moana into a trap so he could steal her boat and escape the island he had been stranded on for thousands of years. He didn’t become the obvious villain, but since he was the one who caused all the bad stuff to happen in the Pacific Ocean, we could kind of blame him for everything. 


EXHIBIT C:

Vari-Ma-Te-Takere.

That ending was the biggest twist I’ve ever seen in a Disney movie. Is it the biggest twist of all time? No, it’s been done before by countless other movies. It’s nice to see Disney start catching up to more modern storytelling, though. Long story short, there is a lava demon by the name of Te Kā, which is kind of similar to Vari-Ma-Te-Takere.  I won’t exactly mention what happens to Te Kā in the movie, but hey, Disney lava demon = actual Polynesian demon. Another win for me!
So, my predictions weren’t all that off! They certainly weren’t on point, but it was really cool to actually dig through Polynesian mythology and try to piece together the story based off of all the concept art. Kind of like being Sherlock Holmes, really. Or is it more like…Sherlock PALMS???


Anyway, happy Monday everyone! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic day! If you liked this post, check out my other Disney posts below:

DCP Prep – Part I
I’ve put a SPELL on Mickey Mouse Mondays!
The Disney Monday After 9/11…
If you have any suggestions for future Mickey Mouse Mondays, or for any other posts, let me know! 

Now, I want to hear from you! What was your favorite part of Moana?

Mickey Mouse Mondays! – DCP Prep Part I

Happy New Years and Happy Mickey Mouse Monday, everybody! 


For those of you who don’t know, Mickey Mouse Monday is the day of the week where we get to celebrate all things Disney, and today is extra special because, for the whole of January, I will be prepping for my internship at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando!


It’s such an honor and a blessing to be able to have this opportunity, so to celebrate, I will be doing DCP (or Disney College Program) Prep posts for the whole of January, starting with a very basic (but fun craft).

We’ve all seen those adorable long sleeved shirts with the writing on the back that extends past the shoulders that says a specific location or name. Here’s an example of one from a shop on Etsy called BlingItByDesign:


But shirts like these can range from $25 to $45, which on a typical college budget, could have paid for dinner for 3 nights. And I don’t know about you guys, but I like food. So, how do you get a shirt like this for less than $10? 

You will need:

  • A Sharpie
  • A T-shirt cardboard frame
  • A $5 long sleeved shirt

You can get the shirt from anywhere, but I got mine from Hobby Lobby because it’s a decent quality shirt for a really low price.


The first thing you need to do is plan out what you want to draw on your shirt. This is the major difference between what people sell on Etsy and what a kindergartener would make. For me, I planned out what was going on the shirt, found the correct font for it (Waltogram!), and even planned out the number of letters in each word so that the design looks even.

Next, put the long sleeved shirt over the T-shirt frame and start drawing! I recommend you draw your design in pencil first so that, if you make a mistake, you can erase it and start over. Then, draw it in sharpie.

Part of that World…

Based off of suggestions from fellow Disney fans, I decided to go with an Ariel theme due to the red shirt. Sketching her out was so difficult to do on cotton!

The font is so cool!
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Note: the smell of the sharpie is insane, so be careful when you’re drawing on the shirt!
And there you have it! Part I is complete. I made another shirt like this one and I will be wearing one of them when I check in to the Disney College Program on January 30th. So if you’re in the program and you see me, feel free to say hi! 

Ta-da!
Always try on your shirt to make sure it fits!

What else should I do to prep for the College Program? Let me know and I might include it in a future post! Want to see more Disney fun or crafty craziness? Check out my other posts below!

WEIRD Disney?!
Stay Cool, my Disney Friends
Shutter Up!

Nightmare Before Burton!

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TWO MORE WEEKS. TWO MORE WEEKS. TWO MORE WEEKS.

It’s only a matter of time before I can bring out the Ring…

Anyway, happy Mickey Mouse Monday everybody! Hope you’re having just as good of a day as I am. Last week we took Hocus Pocus and made it into a cooking show that’ll put a spell on any Halloween party. This week is going to be all about spooky scary skeletons named Jack Skellington, and the genius behind his creation, Tim Burton.

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Tim Burton as been known to be a master when it comes to the creepy and the spooky, and turning it into something that’ll charm every viewer. Who needs Freddie Krueger when you’ve got Edward Scissorhands? Forget Murder House, give me Bettlejuice!

There’s no denying it, Tim Burton has accomplished weird, and Nightmare Before Christmas is no exception. To celebrate, I’m going to give a list of the best halloween decorations that might or might not have taken over other holidays. Decorations that would make Burton proud.

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Too lazy to make different wreaths for different times of the year? Well, why not make a wreath that’ll satisfy both holidays? The Christmas Wreath from Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect way to accomplish that. Of course, everyone’s done this wreath before, but the good news is that so long as you have the eyes and the teeth, you can accessorize it any way you want. Put a monogram on it, or whatever floats your boat.

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Of course, there’s always a certain element of class when it comes to Burton’s movies. He never really goes off the handle, and these pumpkins capture that. Of course, you could make one of these pumpkins a bleeding head and the other one say “Off with your head” and it would still look good in my opinion. Either way, it’ll definitely get you a-head of your neighbors when it comes to Halloween decor!

 

 

 

 

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Want to keep all the Halloween candy you bought this year? This will surely do the trick! Did you guys know that Tim Burton actually directed James and the Giant Peach? Well that’s great news for us Halloweeners, because that means we can do whatever bug type stuff we want and it counts as something Tim Burton would do!

 

 

With only two more weeks to go and then Halloween is upon us, let’s not forget the wonderful contributions of Tim Burton and Nightmare Before Christmas.

How do you decorate for Halloween Disney-style?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve Put a Spell on Mickey Mouse Mondays!

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Anyone else want to go to Disney World for Halloween? Like it’s a bucket list thing? No? Just me? Okay.

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Well, first off, I have returned from a multi-week hiatus, and I am so, so sorry for that. I have been so busy running around getting through school, applying for the Disney College Program, and doing my thing that I’ve put Quillegible on the back burner and I really want to stop that for a number of reasons.

  1. I love writing, so to not write is an unforgiveable crime to me.
  2. I want to pursue writing in some fashion as a professional career, and what better way to impress potential employers than to have a blog to show them?
  3. If #2 doesn’t happen, then professional blogging is a thing, and the sooner this blog becomes bigger the better, cause that could mean making a lot of money.

With that said, I will be holding myself more accountable by (hopefully) not making as many blog posts for the present. So, as of right now, the set schedule is:

Mickey Mouse Mondays – Every Monday

Crafty Wednesdays – Every Wednesday

Book Review Friday – Every Friday

If this does not happen then feel free to come after me with torches and pitch forks.

But enough of the technical nonsense. IT’S OCTOBER BABY!!

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And to celebrate, I thought I’d celebrate the Mickey Mouse Mondays of October by doing a little series that I’d like to call Hocus Pocus Month, where I talk about everything involving Disney and Halloween, whether that’s Disney Channel movies or tips and tricks for dressing up as your favorite Disney characters.

For this month, I thought I’d talk about the one and only Disney Channel Halloween movie I’ve seen yet, Hocus Pocus.

 

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For those of you who don’t know (and live in caves probably), Hocus Pocus is about a teenage boy named Max who is new to the town of Salem. He stupidly ignites a candle that unleashes the wrath of three diva-licious witches (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy respectively) and hilarious Halloween misadventures ensues.

 

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Now since that was over 20 years ago, you wouldn’t think that the movie would be very relevant to this day. But that, ladies and gentlemen, is where you are wrong. I present to you…the recipe book of spells!

 

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Based off of the movie, I’ve compiled a few ideas on great Halloween treats that’ll surely put a spell on you and all your Halloween party guests!

 

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Since the movie is all about witches, what better appetizer to start off a night of enchantment than with witches’ fingers? Don’t worry, they’re fresh!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Stuffed Pumpkin with Sausage and Gruyère…yeah, it’s as good as it sounds. And what better way to serve guests than with their own little pumpkin instead of a bowl?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poor little Thackery Binx, turned into a black cat for all eternity. Luckily for us, though, his misfortunes inspired a little potion of our own! 1 part black vodka, and 1 part Chambord, this delectable martini will really enchant your evening!

 

What are some favorite Halloween recipes of your own?